Government battle to restrict FoI requests

Independent [UK]
by Robert Verkaik

12/14/07

At the turn of the year, Government forces, led by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, then Lord Chancellor, appeared determined to press ahead with new rules that would stop the media and campaign groups from making costly and embarrassing requests for information. By mid-spring there was strong cross-party opposition to the plans but Falconer and his ministerial colleagues showed no appetite for compromise. But then Jack Straw, the new Justice Secretary, seemed to lose his will for the fight. By October the whole debate had been turned on its head, with Gordon Brown suggesting that Freedom of Information laws could be extended to cover some private firms. New documents released under the Freedom of Information Act now provide a clearer understanding of why the Government got cold feet.

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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